Happening (L’événement)

Happening (L’événement)

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Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice 2021, this adaptation of Annie Ernaux's novel looks back on the author's experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.

2021Rating: MA15+, Sex scenes, nudity, cruelty & content that may disturb100 minsFrance
DramaFestival & Independent

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Happening (L’événement) | Awards

Award Winner
Golden Lion & FIPRESCI Award, Venice Film Festival 2021

Happening (L’événement) | Reviews

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

In a part that asks a lot of her, Vartolomei masters the art of silence, somehow managing to react, consider and protest, often without saying a single word.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Throughout, Diwan’s gaze remains clear, direct, fearless. She shows you a part of life that the movies rarely do.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Happening is a realist thriller that morphs, sans sentimentality or platitudes, into a quietly affecting portrait of female solidarity.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Vartolomei makes every moment comprehensible. It’s a beautifully judged performance.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

The no-holds-barred approach to the procedure and its aftermath is the kind of interpretation of real life that great cinema does best...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Even as the camera closely follows her movements... it sometimes feels like Diwan’s keeping our heroine at an emotional arm’s length.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

There’s a slight lack of dramatic tension in much of the lead-up to its harrowing finale...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Often a tough watch, compassionate but brutally honest, and almost breathless in its chronicle of a struggle that has obviously stayed with the author for decades.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Plays its private trauma as a harrowing thriller, and showcases a superb performance from Anamaria Vartolomei as Anne Duchesne, the agonised student in the spotlight.

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Variety

Variety

Filmed and performed in such a delicate, skin-soft register, meanwhile, that the escalating terror of Anne’s situation is all the more pronounced, eventually pivoting into a realm of wholly realism-based body horror.

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Happening (L’événement) | Release Details

Happening (L’événement) is available to stream in Australia now on Google Play and Apple TV and Prime Video Store.